dual 20-39cs vs single cs upgrade

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  1. Rick Radford

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    Well.. I just read about the driver upgrade for the cs/pc line. I like what I hear.[​IMG] I considered posting this privately to SVS but thought others may have the same question.
    Here's my dilemma:
    My current 20-39cs/s700 is terrific. However, I recently had another 20-39cs in my HT for a half day and absolutely loved it! I really want another 20-39cs.. baaaaadly. But for various reasons I won't bore you with, adding a 2nd CS won't pass WAF right now.
    Well, as I said, I've heard dual CS's and compared that to my single CS. Absolutely killer! [​IMG] What I'd like to know is, will the driver upgrade move me significantly in that direction? Or is there just no way to replace the effect that a dual setup provides? IE, how can I qualify my expectation of the upgraded driver?
    Reading some of the CS+ threads, I believe part of the problem some folks experienced was unrealistic expectations when moving from a CS to a +. (a + being likened to dual cs's, for instance).
    Also, for those of us with a parametric eq in the line, will the driver upgrade require new baseline measurements and filter settings?
    Thanks Tom and Ron for such outstanding products, service and support!
     
  2. Greg Br

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    In my situation it was recommended that a dual setup(arrived last week with the "i" driver) would definately outperform a single cs+ but I do have a large room. I wish I had a bunch of there subs laying around in my house so I could test all the combinations out, but I suppose Tom has done this already with there products.
     
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    Rick, did the other CS you had in your system for half a day have the new driver in it? If it was the same driver as your CS, the new CSi may give you that little extra oomph that you need when you push your current sub. If you had one of the new "i" drivers already in your house, I would imagine the upgrade would leave you wanting a bit (probably wanting a Plus or Ultra [​IMG]).
    Steve
     
  4. Rick Radford

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    Greg, I also believe a dual SVS setup will be hard to beat. I was kinda hoping that the driver upgrade would move me in that direction. OTOH, when I am able to add the 2nd CS, perhaps I should wait and order another driver then so they'll match.

    I don't really think I need more headroom, but just would like some more oomph after hearing what a dual SVS system sounds like. (warning to other single SVSers... listen to a dual setup at your own wallet's risk!)

    My current HT room, although small, is not sealed and has large openings to the rest of the first floor.. and open to stairs to the 2nd floor.

    Steve, we looked down the barrel of both subs. Mine was mostly black and his was mostly aluminum colored. At the time, we didn't know to look for a larger driver.

    My sub was bought in 8/2001 and his sub was a B stock obtained in 1/2002, iirc. Assuming it had spent 45 days somewhere else before he got it, I doubt it had the upgraded driver.
     
  5. Greg Br

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    I would upgrade the driver in the CS when you add the second sub, unless there is a timeframe on when you can purchase the new driver and get the rebate, in that case I would do it know, you would not want to add the better driver without a way to upgrade your existing sub. I would say you want to have the same drivers in a dual SVS setup, that way the bass blends prefectly together.
    I have listened to my dual 20-39cs(new drivers) setup with one sub versus the other, and I can detect no audible difference in the performance of either sub compared to each other(which is to be expected unluss a sub was broken). When one sub has been on and the other off it stll sounds very good, but when the dual is going, the bass is unbelievable. Its like you hear the bass of an explosion, and then, when you would expect it to quickly disapear, it seems to stay with you and run through you room and body, its a freaking Nirvana[​IMG] .
    I have a 9000cf room with two large openings, talking with Tom, he seems to think I am reaching reference level volumes or damn close, Oh by the way I am powering the subs with a 100watts of old receiver power, un freaking real!!!!!!!
     

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